Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Green Wave baseball team is off to a 3-0 start in region play after winning a pair of tight games with the Beaufort County teams.
Summerville moved into first place for Region 8-AAAA Monday with a 3-2 win over Bluffton in extra innings. The Wave fell behind 2-1 in the fifth inning, but knotted things up in the sixth and then claimed the victory in the bottom of the ninth on a double by catcher Miles Goodwin that drove in second baseman Johnson McCurry for the 3-2 Wave advantage.
“Tonight we persevered,” Summerville coach Burt Bazzle said. “After we battled back to tie the game we had several chances to go ahead but they fell through. However, we kept them from scoring when they had chances. In their coach’s words ‘it was a battle between two teams that had a lot of fight in them and neither wanted to surrender tonight.’ It was a very good baseball game.”
Summerville left 10 base runners stranded throughout the game while Bluffton left five stranded.
Zach Mosay doubled in the bottom of the second and scored on a single by Michael Powell to give Summerville the lead.
But Bluffton scored two runs off two hits and a pair of Summerville errors in the fifth. Bobcat pitcher Chance Murphy opened the inning with a double, moved to third on an error and then scored on a bunt single laid down by Sean Holm. Teddy Comes scored the second Bobcat run after a high throw on the play got past the Summerville first baseman.
Summerville loaded the bases on bad pitching and a Bluffton error in the bottom of the sixth and then Mosay drove in Craig Lilienthal for a 2-2 tie.
In the bottom of the ninth, McCurry received a base on balls and then stole second to set up Goodwin’s game-winning hit. Goodwin led all batters in the game, going 2 for 5 at the plate and reaching base once on an error.
John Eckley started on the hill for Summerville and didn’t surrender a hit until the fifth inning, when the Bobcats managed two. He struck out five batters and walked none.
Billy Peatross got the pitching win after relieving Eckley in the top of the sixth and fanning six batters while walking only one and giving up one hit in four innings of work. Peatross has three saves on the season, but Monday marked his first pitching victory.
Pitching was also key Friday when Summerville defeated Beaufort 2-1. Mosay went the difference on the hill, fanning 10 batters and throwing a two-hitter.
Summerville didn’t do much better at the plate but entered the final inning ahead 2-0 before the Eagles pushed a run across in the bottom of the frame.
“Mosay pitched a great game and we scored enough,” Bazzle said. “It was a big pitcher’s duel. Their guy was good, but our guy was a little better.”
On Wednesday, Summerville hits the road for its first game of the season with Ashley Ridge. The Wave then travels to Fort Dorchester March 29 for its first game with the Patriots.
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